“Can We Grow Energy? The Role of Chemistry in the Energy Future” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Dr. Bruce Dale of Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
The global demand for energy continues to soar and the interface of biology-chemistry to fossil fuel replacement may be the next breakthrough. How is chemistry preparing for this challenge? What technologies are holding promises? Will biofuels be the solution or create other problems? Join us as our speaker, Dr. Bruce Dale from the Office of Biobased Technologies at Michigan State University, discusses the challenges, innovations, and questions chemists should ask to make an informed decision on biofuels.
What You Will Learn
- Biofuels must be compared with each other and with petroleum fuels using appropriate metrics if we are to make proper choices among them
- Some biofuels, notably cellulosic biofuels, satisfy these metrics, others do not
- In our public discourse, we are asking the wrong questions about biofuels
- If we ask the right questions, we will see that cellulosic biofuels have enormous potential to replace fossil fuels.
- And much more…
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Meet Your Expert
Dr. Bruce Dale is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University and a lead scientist in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. He is well-known for conducting life-cycle analyses of biobased fuels and chemicals. He is an expert on making ethanol from cellulose, plant stalks, grass, corn cobs and other woody plant parts and has developed a patented process called ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX), which makes the breakdown of cellulose more efficient, thus tackling one of the thornier problems of producing ethanol. As associate director of the Office of Biobased Technologies, Dr. Dale provides “technical reality,” stemming from his 30 years of work in biomass technology, to take such technology from the lab to the marketplace.
- C&EN Magazine article on Bruce Dale (Feb 14, 2011)
- C&EN Magazine article Race to the Pump (Feb 14, 2011)
The Fine Print
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